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Aberkenfig, St. John. St. Robert (R.C.). The former Ebenezer Independent Chapel, now in commercial use. Bible Church. Church of God. The derelict Carey Baptist Church. All Gervase N. E. Charmley.

Blackmill, Paran Baptist Church. The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel dating from 1885. Both Gervase N. E. Charmley.
Blaengarw, the former St. James (CiW), now a private residence. The former Tabernacle Calvinistic Methodist Church. In the foreground (the hairdresser's) is the original chapel, and the first in the valley.
The former Bethania Welsh Baptist Church. The former Mount Zion English Baptist Church. All that remains of Nebo Welsh Independent Chapel is this small length of wall and the foundation stone. All Gervase N. E. Charmley.
Bryncethin, Nazareth Baptist Chapel (1908). The former Hallelujah Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (1908), now in commercial use. The former Peniel Independent Chapel. Only the inscribed stone gives the game away. Although I can make out "built" and "re-built" in the original photo, I can't read the dates. However, the RCAHMW entry says "built in 1820 and rebuilt 1888". It also says it was converted "by 1998". Howard Richter advises that the 1877 O.S. map doesn't show a building on the current site, though there is a smaller, un-named building a few yards away. By the 1899 map, this has been demolished, so it's a reasonable assumption that this was the 1820 chapel. It would have stood about where the yellow bush is in the photo. SS 9115 8394. All
Gervase N. E. Charmley.
Brynmenyn, Bethlehem Calvinistic Methodist Church. Bethania Independent Church (closed). Both Gervase N. E. Charmley.

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Coity, St. Mary. Link. The remains of Coity Castle Chapel. Gilead Independent Chapel (the original building was built in 1826, succeeded by the present building in 1862, which was re-built 1890). All
Gervase N. E. Charmley.
Coychurch, St. Crallo. Interior view. Both Gervase N. E. Charmley.
Coytrahen, former chapel. Can you advise the denomination? My thanks to Janet Gimber for advising that this was Goetre-hen Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. Gervase N. E. Charmley.

Cwmfelin, Calfaria Welsh Baptist Chapel (1877).
Gervase N. E. Charmley.

Evanstown, Calfaria Welsh Baptist Chapel. Gervase N. E. Charmley.

Garth, St. Mary the Virgin. Gervase N. E. Charmley.
Gilfach Goch, St. Barnabas. Bethel Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (1938) replaced an earlier "tin tabernacle". Another view. Moriah Baptist Church. Libanus Calvinistic Methodist Church, dating from 1877. Another view. All
Gervase N. E. Charmley.
Glynogwr, St. Tyfodwg, the parish church. Link. Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. Both  Gervase N. E. Charmley.

Kenfig, St. Mary Magdalene. Gerard Charmley (2010).
Kenfig Hill, Pyle - see Pyle.

Laleston, St. David. Interior view. A re-used medieval altar slab in the NE of the nave. Link. Bethel Baptist Church. Old Chapel, now Bridgend Christian School. This chapel may have originally been Calvinistic Methodist, as mentioned in this document. All Gervase N. E. Charmley.
Llangeinor, Calfaria Baptist Chapel. Gervase advises that the plan was to replace it with a bigger chapel, but the scheme never happened. Gervase N. E. Charmley.
Llangynwyd, the Parish Church, St. Cynwyd. SS 857 888. Shiloh Apostolic Church. Link. Both
Gerard Charmley (2011).
Llansantffraid, St. Bride. The medieval church was doubled in size by the addition of a new aisle in the C19. Two further views - 1, 2. All Gervase N. E. Charmley. Link.

Merthyr Mawr. David Gallimore.

Nant-y-Moel, St. David, the former parish church, now a private residence. Horeb English Baptist Church (1894). The former Bethel Independent Chapel (1872), which Gervase says has been gutted. All Gervase N. E. Charmley.
Newton, Porthcawl - see Porthcawl.
North Cornelly, Pyle - see Pyle.
Nottage, Dewi Sant (CiW). Link. General Baptist Chapel (now Unitarian, originally founded 1789 by Arminian Baptists). Both Gerard Charmley (2010).

Ogmore Vale, St. David (CiW). Bethlehem Independent Church. Christchurch (Methodist and U.R.C.), originally Bethel Primitive Methodist. The former Ogmore Vale Presbyterian Church, now a youth centre. The former Wesley Church, originally Wesleyan Methodist. Pwll-y-Pant Cemetery Chapel. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, which was perhaps previously a chapel - can you confirm? An inscribed foundation stone bears the date 1895. My appreciation to Janet Gimber who has advised that this was Philadelphia Baptist Chapel. Before the Witnesses, took over, the building spent some time as a "club", according to an old map. All Gervase N. E. Charmley.

Pantygog, Salem Baptist Chapel - a "tin tabernacle". Gervase N. E. Charmley.
Pen-y-Bryn, Capel Pen-y-Bryn (Calvinistic Methodist). Gerard Charmley (2010).
Pen y Fai, All Saints. Smyrna Baptist Chapel. Both
Gerard Charmley (2011).
Pont Rhyd-y-Cyff, Ainon Baptist Church (1825). SS 869 890. This building is marked as a chapel on maps, but has no visible denomination - can you supply it? My appreciation to Howard Richter for advising that this was built as a school (before 1898, as it appears on a map of that date). By 1940 it shows as a church, and on a 1964 map, is St. Stephen's Church (CiW). Both Gervase N. E. Charmley.
Pont-y-Rhyl, the former St. Mary (CiW).
Gervase N. E. Charmley.

Price Town, the former Bethany English Calvinistic Methodist Church (1896, re-built 1905). SS 938 921. Howard Richter advises that (judging from old maps) the chapel extension comprised the nearest section with the two arched windows on the right-hand side; the building has been converted into flats. It appears to have still been a church when the 1992 OS map was published, but the closure date is not currently known. Link. A former chapel - Janet Gimber has advised that this was probably Hope Congregational Chapel, which Howard Richter has confirmed, and he also provides the building date of 1898. The building is not marked as church or chapel on the 1992 map, so was probably closed by then. SS 938 920. Both
Gervase N. E. Charmley. Link1. Link2 (another photo, on an external site). Howard Richter also advises that there was a Free Gospel Mission showing on the 1961-2 OS map at SS 9372 9193, since demolished. The site remains vacant. Can you offer a photo or advise of one currently on-line? Link.

Rhiwceiliog, Soar Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. The smaller building is the vestry. Gervase N. E. Charmley.

Tondu, Wesley Methodist Church. Gervase N. E. Charmley.
Tylagwyn, Baptist Chapel (1888). Gervase N. E. Charmley.

Ynysawdre (between Aberkenfig and Brynmenyn), Bridgend, Bryn Road Chapel (Brethren). A former Mission Hall stands adjacent, now in use as a community centre. Janet Gimber (who advised that this building was a Mission Hall) has been unable to discover the mother church. Link. Both Gervase N. E. Charmley.




02 September 2018

Steve Bulman

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